Prince William Historic Preservation Foundation

Prince William Historic Preservation Foundation The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization which raises funds for the restoration, programming, and promotion of Prince William County-owned historic properties.

Mission Statement The Prince William Historic Preservation Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization that raises funds to supplement public monies which support restoration projects performed by the Prince William County Department of Public Works Historic Preservation Division. We protect County historic treasures through individual memberships, corporate and private contributions.

In Europe, as the Allies assaulted German-occupied France across the beaches of Normandy, around the world a different i...
06/06/2019

In Europe, as the Allies assaulted German-occupied France across the beaches of Normandy, around the world a different invasion was taking shape... On June 5, 1944 71,000 Marines and soldiers left Pearl Harbor for the Marianas Islands on board ships of the US Navy's 5th Fleet. Their target: Saipan.

Capturing Saipan and the Marianas would move B-29 bombers within range of the Japanese home islands, while cutting off contact to occupied islands to the southwest. It was an important mission. The men undertaking it were veterans of two years hard fighting on Guadalcanal, Tarawa, and Kwajalein. Among their number was Lieutenant Commander Richard B. Black, USNR, the officer responsible for controlling landing craft operations during the invasion.

His party was aboard the 110 foot long patrol boat SC-1049, allowing them to stay mobile during operations off the shores of the island. The primary job of the joint Marine Corps/Navy team on SC-1049 was to keep the vital channel entrance open, functioning as traffic cops and gate keepers to make sure vital supplies got to the men on the island in a timely fashion.

Though "forced to withdraw due to heavy mortar and gunfire" at times, they continued at their station from June 15th to June 20th. For his actions, Commander Black would receive the Bronze Star with Combat "V". In 1952 Richard B. Black bought Rippon Lodge, home of his namesake and ancestor, Richard Blackburn, in Woodbridge. Today thanks in part to his efforts you can still visit that 270 year old home.

The pictures below show the SC-1049 aground on Okinawa after a typhoon in 1945. To the right is a photo of Commander, later Rear Admiral, Black taken for the Honolulu newspapers after the announcement of his Silver Star.

If you'd like to hear more stories about Admiral Black's fascinating, globe spanning career, visit Rippon Lodge Historic Site in Woodbridge, VA! Or give us a call at (703) 499-9812 for more information.

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06/06/2019
American Battlefield Trust

Historian Dan Vermilya will be participating in our last Brews and Brains at Tucked Away Brewing on June 20th where our topic will be "Remembering D Day 75 years later." If this video and todays remembrances world wide have peaked your interest in D Day, come out on June 20th at 6pm!

Tucked Away Brewing Company

Commemorating the 75th anniversary of D-Day and World War II in Gettysburg National Cemetery.

Historic Preservation Division staff were out in the field yesterday preparing for the July 21 1st Bull Run Anniversary ...
06/06/2019

Historic Preservation Division staff were out in the field yesterday preparing for the July 21 1st Bull Run Anniversary Bus Tour with historian and blogger Harry Smeltzer of the Bull Runnings blog and Ben Lomond Site Manager Kevin Pawlak. We visited sites along Bull Run, including Mitchell's and Blackburn's fords, and a recently interpreted site associated with the July 18 action at Blackburn's Ford.

If you have not yet purchased your tickets, do so before they sell out. Tickets are $90 per person and include lunch and transportation. To purchase your tickets or for more information, call (703) 367-7872.

Civil War Trails, Inc.

06/05/2019

The weather this weekend is shaping up, which means it would be a great weekend to take advantage of a tour at Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park from one of our battlefield guides.

Tours are free and begin in the battlefield parking lot at 11 am, 1 pm, and 3 pm. For more information, check out Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park Tours. We hope to see you there!

Though Juneteenth has been celebrated in some localities since 1865, in the early years, there was little interest outsi...
06/05/2019
12 Things You Might Not Know About Juneteenth

Though Juneteenth has been celebrated in some localities since 1865, in the early years, there was little interest outside the African American community to participate in the celebrations. In some cases, there was outwardly exhibited resistance by barring the use of public property for the festivities. Today, Juneteenth is enjoying a phenomenal growth rate within communities and organizations throughout the country. Juneteenth today celebrates African American freedom and achievement, while encouraging continuous self-development and respect for all cultures.

While the celebration of Juneteenth is continually growing, we invite you to check out the link below to learn some about some interesting facts about Juneteenth and hope you will join us for Juneteenth at Lucasville School on SATURDAY, JUNE 15 to learn more!

The only one-room African American schoolhouse open to the public in Prince William County will be open from 11 AM- 4 PM where you can learn about the development of freedmen communities throughout Prince William County and the progression of education throughout the County during Reconstruction and the Jim Crow Era.

Admission is FREE! For more information, please call 703-365-7895.

Juneteenth has been celebrated since Texas slaves were told about their freedom on June 19, 1865. Here's what you need to know about the holiday.

06/04/2019
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The Prince William Historic Preservation Foundation is now linked up with Amazon Smile! As part of the program, 0.05% of your purchase price will be donated to the Foundation and our mission to help preserve and interpret the cultural and historic resources in Prince William County. While not a lot, every bit helps.

Simply type in "Prince William Historic Preservation Foundation" to find us.

School is almost out for the summer, and now is the time to think about how to keep the kids busy! Are your children int...
06/04/2019

School is almost out for the summer, and now is the time to think about how to keep the kids busy! Are your children interested in history? Think about registering them for Civil War Basic Summer Camp at Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre.

From July 15-19 children ages 8-12 will have an opportunity to learn what it was like to be a soldier during the Civil War.
They will learn about enlistment, drill and tactics, uniforms and equipment, flags, food ways and shelters used by both Union and Confederate Infantry. They will learn about the Battle of First Manassas with a special visit to the battlefield and about young soldiers, including John Clem.

John Clem tried to enlist in the Union army in 1861, but was refused on account of being NOT YET EVEN 10 YEARS OLD. Undeterred, Clem joined the 22nd Michigan, who let him follow the regiment, adopting him as a mascot and unofficial drummer boy before he officially enlisted in 1863. He became a national celebrity for his actions at Chickamauga. Armed with his drum and a sawed down musket, he fought with the 22nd Michigan at Horseshoe Ridge on September 20th, 1863.

Registration for this camp is $130 and can be made online by visiting www.pwcparks.org or calling 703-365-7895.

The weather is looking great for THIS Friday's Historic Towns of Prince William Walking Tours: Haymarket. Join us at the...
06/03/2019

The weather is looking great for THIS Friday's Historic Towns of Prince William Walking Tours: Haymarket. Join us at the Haymarket Museum for a free reception at 6:30 PM where you can explore the museum and enjoy some refreshments, then join us for a jaunt around town at 7 PM to learn about some the town's historic buildings and the area's unique history.

Admisson for the tour is FREE! Please meet at the Haymarket Museum located at 15025 Washington Street, Haymarket, VA 20169. For more information, please call 703-365-7895.

The rumors are true, food cooked in an open hearth really does taste better! Leave the modern times behind and join us o...
06/03/2019

The rumors are true, food cooked in an open hearth really does taste better! Leave the modern times behind and join us on Satuday, June 29th for The 19th Century Living Experience at Brentsville where you will see what it was like to live in the Haislip- Hall House in the 1800s. Immerse yourself in the 19th century by joining living historians cook a full dinner over an open hearth, learn about chores and past-times of the era, sleep in the historic log home and more!

Admission is $75 per person and registration must be made in advance by visiting www.pwcparks.org or calling 703-365-7895. Register now for there are limited spaces available!

While we had the grand opening of one boardwalk at Rippon Lodge Historic Site, there was another one being constructed a...
06/02/2019

While we had the grand opening of one boardwalk at Rippon Lodge Historic Site, there was another one being constructed at Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park. It's not yet complete but a dedicated group of Boy Scouts and volunteers spent much of the day constructing the boardwalk in the park.

Thanks to all of the volunteers who made this possible!

There is a lot of technology in our daily lives. But did you know it was that way too for people that lived centuries ag...
06/02/2019

There is a lot of technology in our daily lives. But did you know it was that way too for people that lived centuries ago? Technology has been around since ancient times. It was just different from the technology that we have.

Want to learn more about technology in the past? Then register your child today for our "Technology through the Ages at Ben Lomond Historic Site" summer camp. Participants will learn about the technologies used for hunting, cooking, warfare, health, and more throughout Virginia's history. The camp will cover history and science from Virginia's early settlement through the 20th century with hands-on activities, crafts, games, and more!

The camp runs from Monday to Friday, July 8-12, 9 a.m. to 12 noon daily. Cost is $80 per participant, ages 8 to 13. It will run rain or shine. Reservations are required and space is limited. Register online at: http://www.pwcgov.org/government/dept/park/summercamp/Pages/default.aspx?fbclid=IwAR1v1BGVGU-uv_WqGG2Ejfe1q9LVlstiZ4nuoPDkGwrn2NPdTkYjEoBVeVU

While today is the last day of #HistoricPreservationMonth, the preservation of the county’s historical and cultural re...
05/31/2019

While today is the last day of #HistoricPreservationMonth, the preservation of the county’s historical and cultural resources is an ongoing effort! From exciting projects to unique challenges, we’ll show you what is going on in Historic Preservation throughout the year so you can see how we are working to protect your important resources and what you can do to help!

To finish off the month, we wanted to update you on a project that we highlighted at the month’s beginning. The new walkways at Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre are complete which means we were able to remove the old gravel path that went through the historic tavern lot. This will allow us to better protect the important archaeological resources of Brentsville and stay tuned, this will allow us to start another project to highlight the site’s unique history!

#thisplacematters #historicpreservation #pwchistory

Thank you Prince William Times for the coverage of our opening of the Barnes House Historic Site in Montclair!
05/31/2019
A small house with big history is now open to the public

Thank you Prince William Times for the coverage of our opening of the Barnes House Historic Site in Montclair!

Darlene Tribbett reached down and touched the floor inside the little white house known as the Barnes House. The floor is original to the house, built in 1797, and was

05/30/2019

Coming to you LIVE for #HistoricPreservationMonth AND #NationalWetlandsMonth for a sneak peak to the Neabsco Regional Park’s new boardwalk opening THIS SATURDAY on June 1st. Learn about how the wetland’s cultural, historical, and natural resources are being protected and interpreted.

#historicpreservation #thisplacematters #pwchistory #historymeetsnature

05/30/2019

Coming to you LIVE from Ben Lomond Historic Site for Historic Preservation Month to tell you about some of the newly discovered research that will help us interpret the Civil War Hospital. Manassas National Battlefield Park

#thisplacematters #historicpreservationmonth #historicalresearch #pwchistory

We are winding down Historic Preservation Month, but we still have a few days left!  Tomorrow we will come to you Live f...
05/29/2019

We are winding down Historic Preservation Month, but we still have a few days left! Tomorrow we will come to you Live from Ben Lomond (10am) sharing some exciting new research and then tomorrow afternoon (2pm) from the Neabsco Creek Wetlands Preserve (Metz Wetlands) to discuss the importance wetlands serve in our community.

Did you know that there were forces in France that assisted with the Operation Overlord, better known as D-Day that comm...
05/29/2019

Did you know that there were forces in France that assisted with the Operation Overlord, better known as D-Day that communicated by radio?

From 1940-1944 BBC broadcast a radio station from London to Nazi occupied France called "Radio Londres". It served not only to counter the propaganda broadcasts of German-controlled Radio Paris and the Vichy government's Radiodiffusion Nationale, but also to appeal to the French to rise up, and to send coded messages to the French Resistance.

Shortly before the D-DAY landings on June 6, 1944, the BBC had signaled to the French Resistance that the opening lines of the 1866 Verlaine poem “Chanson d’Automne” were to indicate the start of D-Day operations.
The first three lines of the poem:
“Les sanglots longs- des violons -de l’automne” (“Long sobs of autumn violins”), meant that Operation Overlord was to start within two weeks.The next set of lines, “Blessent mon coeur - d’une langueur - monotone” (“wound my heart with a monotonous languor”), meant that it would start within 48 hours and that the resistance should begin sabotage operations especially on the French railroad system.These lines were broadcast on 5 June at 23:15, the call to action.

Want to learn more? To commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day, it will be the final topic of our Brews and Brains Lecture Series!! on JUNE 20th. Grab a pint and join historians from the Historic Preservation Division, the U.S. Army Center for Military History, and Eisenhower National Historic Site to discuss the events of the invasion and its impact on World War II. The event is FREE from 6-8 PM. For more information, please call 703-365-7895.

Be sure to check out this great program at the Bull Run Regional Library!!Prince William Public Libraries
05/28/2019

Be sure to check out this great program at the Bull Run Regional Library!!

Prince William Public Libraries

Did you know that there was almost a Disney theme park right here in Prince William County in Haymarket?In the early 199...
05/28/2019

Did you know that there was almost a Disney theme park right here in Prince William County in Haymarket?

In the early 1990s, the Walt Disney Company had a 200 acre park plan that was ready to be built that would have been dedicated to the history of the United States The park would have been called "Disney's America". There were nine themed areas that would have spanned from a Native American village (with a Lewis and Clark water raft ride) and President's Square (with the Hall of Presidents) to a Civil War Fort (where water battles between the Monitor and the Merrimac would have been staged as a "thrilling nighttime spectacular") and a mock factory town that would have focused on the Industrial Revolution (with a roller coaster ride that would travel through heavy industry and blast furnaces).

You might have noticed there is not a Disney theme park in Haymarket, so what happened? Find out more as you join us on Friday, June 7th at 7PM for our next Historic Towns of Prince William Walking Tours: Haymarket! Join local historians as we walk the town and explore the little known and unique history and buildings of the town.

Admission is FREE! The tour will begin from the Haymarket Museum, located at 15025 Washington St, Haymarket, VA 20169. For more information, please call 703-365-7895.

On October 21, 1863 Union Brigadier General Alexander Hays wrote to his wife about the Battle of Bristoe Station. Hays l...
05/27/2019

On October 21, 1863 Union Brigadier General Alexander Hays wrote to his wife about the Battle of Bristoe Station. Hays led a division along the railroad track that beat back the Confederate assault on the afternoon of October 14, 1863. In this letter, Hays wrote a short poem that summed up the sadness of losing men on the battlefield. On this Memorial Day, we believe it is appropriate to share a few lines from Hays' poem:

"No more for them the pleasing hearth shall burn
Nor busy housewife ply her evening care;
No children run to greet their sire's return,
Or climb his knees, the envied kiss to share..."

Hays himself would later be killed in action at the Battle of the Wilderness on May 5, 1864.

For many, Memorial Day is the kick-off of the summer season with swimming, BBQs, and a long weekend, but it also has a m...
05/27/2019

For many, Memorial Day is the kick-off of the summer season with swimming, BBQs, and a long weekend, but it also has a much more somber purpose. Memorial Day was originally created as a day to remember and honor those who have died while fighting for our county.

The roots of Memorial Day actually reach back all the way back to the Civil War. After the death of hundreds of thousands of friends, fathers, sons and brothers, the women who were left behind began tending to the graves of fallen soldiers. Throughout the south, many women created what were known as Ladies Memorial Associations and among many projects including the re-internment of soldiers and building of monuments, they cared for and decorated the soldiers' graves every spring. Families in the north did the same same thing, decorating the graves of Civil War soldiers every May 30th on what was known as Decoration Day. Throughout the north many G.A.R groups would participate in a simple ceremony like seen below in the 1880s:

"The post assembled and marched to the local cemetery to decorate the graves of the fallen, an enterprise meticulously organized months in advance to assure that none were missed. Finally came a simple and subdued graveyard service involving prayers, short patriotic speeches, and music ... and at the end perhaps a rifle salute..."

By 1890, several states were celebrating Decoration Day, but it was not until 1967 that the name for the holiday officially changed to Memorial Day and in 1971 that the date was changed to the last Monday of the month. This Memorial Day, while enjoying the start of summer, we take a minute remember all those who gave the ultimate sacrifice.

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17674 Main St
Dumfries, VA
22026

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We are pleased to present benefits of membership in the Prince William Historic Preservation Foundation. With each paid membership comes * The Historic Perspective Quarterly * Free regular admission to our historic sites * 10% off historic site shop merchandise Student $10. Individual $35. Family $75. Donor $100. Contributing $250. Sustaining $500. Patron $1,000. ➤ Membership at the DONOR level brings a heritage themed ornament ➤ Membership at the CONTRIBUTING level brings a print of one of Prince William's historic sites ➤ Membership at the SUSTAINING level brings a private tour for six at a historic site location (details to be determined by the Prince William County Department of Public Works Historic Preservation Division) ➤ Membership at the PATRON level brings a private costumed candlelight tour for ten (details to be determined by the Prince William County Department of Public Works Historic Preservation Division) TO JOIN: Online: Visit www.pwhpf.org and join securely via PayPal By Check: To the Prince William Historic Preservation Foundation 17674 Main Street Dumfries, VA 22026 NOTE: "Like", following, or any such social media term is not an endorsement, nor does it infer an affiliation. Comments posted herein are the opinion of the individual visiting the Prince William Histori Preservation Foundation's page, and not necessarily that of the Foundation, Board, or affiliated individuals.

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Monday 11:00 - 16:00
Thursday 11:00 - 16:00
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Sunday 11:00 - 16:00

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